Dental Implants

What Is A Dental Implant?

A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone. A single dental implant is made up of three components: The titanium screw that is placed in to the jawbone, an abutment that fits within the titanium screw and a dental crown that is fitted over the abutment.

 

People of all ages and walks of life can loose teeth through accidents, decay, gum disease and lifestyle factors. Dental implants are the solution of choice whether you are young, middle-aged or more senior. With the exception of growing children, in most cases there are dental implant solutions to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth.

We know that missing teeth can sometimes cause you to be self conscious, but we can change that. Our team can fully restore your teeth, with a first class smile makeover, and give you your confidence back!

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Our dental implant consultations are intended to provide you with all the information you need to make a well-informed decision on the various dental treatments available and if dental implant are suitable for you.

Our dental implant consultations cost £49.00 and they are intended to provide you with all the information you need to make a well-informed decision on the various dental treatments available and if dental implant are suitable for you.

At your consultation our dentists will examine your teeth and gums and may take X-rays. Our Dentist will then discuss with you the various treatment options available to you and provide you with written treatment plans for the options proposed together with costs and timescale guidelines.

Implant Treatment Timeline

  • Initial Consultation:

    The patient schedules an appointment with Dr. Nigel Reynolds for an initial consultation regarding implant treatment.

    During this appointment, Dr. Reynolds evaluates the patient's oral health, discusses treatment options, and addresses any concerns or questions the patient may have.

  • Treatment Planning:

    Based on the initial consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests (such as X-rays or CT scans), Dr. Reynolds develops a personalised treatment plan for the patient.

    The treatment plan outlines the number of implants needed, the type of implants to be used, and any additional procedures required (such as bone grafting or sinus lifts).

  • Preparation for Surgery:

    If the patient needs any preparatory procedures, such as extractions or bone grafting, these are scheduled and completed prior to the implant surgery. Dr. Reynolds provides instructions to the patient regarding pre-operative care and any medications that need to be taken.

  • Implant Surgery:

    The implant surgery is scheduled once the patient is ready.Dr. Reynolds performs the implant placement procedure according to the treatment plan.
  • Healing Period:

    After the implant surgery, the patient undergoes a healing period during which osseointegration takes place. This process allows the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue.

    Dr. Reynolds provides post-operative instructions to the patient, including guidelines for oral hygiene.

  • Prosthetic Phase:

    Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, the prosthetic phase begins.Dr. Reynolds takes impressions of the patient's mouth to create custom-made prosthetic components, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures, that will be attached to the implants The prosthetic restoration is fabricated in a dental laboratory, and the patient returns for fittings and adjustments as needed.
  • Final Restoration:

    Once the prosthetic components are ready, Dr. Reynolds affixes them to the implants, completing the restoration process. The patient may need additional appointments for final adjustments to ensure proper fit and function of the restorations.
  • Follow-Up Care:

    After the final restoration is in place, the patient continues to see Dr. Reynolds for regular follow-up appointments to monitor the health and stability of the implants. Routine maintenance, including professional cleanings and examinations, helps ensure the long-term success of the implant treatment. Throughout the entire patient journey, Dr. Reynolds and the team provide personalised care and support to help the patient achieve optimal oral health and function with their dental implants.

Dental Implant FAQ'S

Implants are typically inserted under the effects of a local anesthetic, which numbs the mouth to ensure a pain-free procedure. After the anesthetic wears off, you may experience some discomfort, which can persist for a few days. You might also observe bruising and swelling, which typically last for approximately one week. These reactions are considered normal, and you can address any discomfort by using readily available over-the-counter pain relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you encounter intense pain, it’s advisable to reach out to your dentist for guidance.

At Cool Smiles, our implant treatment begins at a price of £3,500. During your initial consultation, your dentist will conduct a thorough clinical assessment to provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of the associated costs. Subsequently, you will receive a personalised treatment plan that outlines the exact expenses and the reasons behind them.

For those who prefer not to make a one-time payment, we offer patient financing options, allowing you to conveniently distribute the cost through manageable monthly payments. To gain a better understanding of the potential cost of your specific case before scheduling a dental visit, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our implant inquiry coordinators.

Dental implants can be suitable for adults of all ages but aren’t recommended for those under 18 as the jaw is still growing.

While dental implants are a suitable option for most individuals, there are certain factors that may increase the risk of implant rejection. For instance, if you have an uncontrolled medical condition like diabetes, your likelihood of a successful outcome may be reduced. Additionally, certain lifestyle choices can impact the success of your implant, including smoking, the use of e-cigarettes, or recreational drug use.

If you are a smoker, your dentist will strongly recommend quitting as it can impede the healing process and negatively affect gum health. In some cases, individuals may require supplementary treatments before proceeding with implants, such as a bone graft or a sinus lift. These procedures become necessary when there isn’t sufficient bone in the jaw to adequately support the implant.

Receiving a dental implant is a safe procedure when all the appropriate protocols are meticulously followed. However, similar to any surgical intervention, there are inherent risks. These potential complications encompass aspects like imprecise implant placement, which may result in subsequent issues, such as misalignment of the final tooth. In some instances, implants may not successfully fuse with the bone and may become dislodged. Uncommon complications from implant surgery include the inadvertent damage to nerves or neighboring teeth.

It is of paramount importance to conduct thorough research and seek the services of a reputable, well-experienced dentist who is registered with the GDC (General Dental Council). At Cool Smiles, we maintain a network of proficient and well-trained clinicians who specialise in implant treatment, dedicated to delivering high-quality care. Should you have inquiries or concerns regarding the potential risks associated with implant surgery, we encourage you to engage in a dialogue with your implant dentist.

The dental implant will be inserted directly into your jawbone, so your dentist needs to ensure you have enough bone to support the implant, in the area of placement. If there’s insufficient bone, your implant dentist may suggest a bone graft. While this may seem intimidating, it’s a common procedure, and your implant dentist will guide you through the entire process.

The initial sign of potential implant trouble is a slight, gradual movement that worsens over time. Additional indicators could include receding gum tissue around the implant, and in some cases, notable discomfort and swelling (although some level of discomfort and swelling is normal during the initial healing phase). Your dentist will provide guidance on minimising the risk of implant complications.

Meet The Clinician

Dr Nigel reynolds

Implant Dentist & Oral Surgeon

With a wealth of experience in implant dentistry and studying around the world, he shares his time between a number of different dental practices, as dental implant work is not as common compared to general dentistry. As well as working at a number of practices, Nigel teaches Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons, where he studied himself and is an assessor and marker for their diploma course. Nigel has a number of academic accolades. He studied for his Bachelor of Dentistry at Cardiff University, and then did a Masters in Implant Clinician in Los Angeles. He also has diplomas in both Restorative Dental Practice and Implant Dentistry and an MSc in Implant Dentistry.

Dr Nigel Reynolds

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